I should like to express my gratitude for the many
benefits I have received through Christian Science, and
to mention the great joy brought to me in the thought
that man is not the helpless victim of sin, disease, and
death. Through its teachings I have been able to overcome
When Christian Science found me, one year ago
last April, in Chicago, I was suffering from catarrh
of the stomach, which had been very persistent, and I
had been a slave to the cigarette habit for eighteen
years. Pain and weakness had robbed me of all that
one holds dear. The first symptoms of the disease
appeared about five years ago in the form of severe
cramps of the stomach, which finally developed into
other symptoms of that painful disease. I doctored
continually, my diet daily becoming more rigid, until
three slices of toast became my daily allowance of food.
In this condition I left the East for my home in
Chicago, hoping that a change of climate might benefit
me. After spending six weeks there and finding no relief,
I concluded to return East. The Sunday morning
before leaving I picked up a Sunday paper, and glancing
through the religious items my eyes fell on the notices
of Christian Science church services. Curiosity led me
to a service and I shall never forget that morning or the
surprise and joy it gave me to find that beautiful church,
and to know that so great a number actually believed
that God does heal the sick to-day. This brought a first
ray of hope. The evening service found me there again.
Among the notices read was that of a reading room,
giving the location and time of opening. Monday morning
found me there promptly, and the first book I picked
up was Science and Health which opened a new
world to me.
I had dieted so long and suffered so much that I had
a morbid fear of food. When I had reached and read
"neither food nor the stomach, without the consent of
mortal mind, can make one suffer" (Science and Health,
p. 221), I left the reading room for something to eat. I
found a bakery near by, and bought a bag of cakes
which I ate, and shortly after I had a hearty dinner without
the least complaint from my stomach.
From that time until now I have eaten anything that I
wished, and the craving for cigarettes, which I had for
many years, has entirely vanished. The understanding
of Truth, which entirely relieved the diseased stomach,
healed also the morbid appetite for smoking. After
coming back East, I bought a copy of Science and Health,
which I have read daily, and find it a continual help in
all the affairs of life.
In my home and at work I find this Science a comfort
and source of strength. I have had many difficulties
in the way, but it has helped me out of them all. - W. E.
B., New Britain, Conn.
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